just clarifying a few things in this thread ... it is my understanding that if you have a CHILD IN THE SCHOOL .. you do not need a blue card to help ...
if you are a grandparent of a child .. you need a blue card
if you are a sibling of a child - and you are over 18 ... you need a blue card
if you are a sibling of a child and under 18 you do not need a blue card
if you are a parent of a child currently enrolled in the school - there is no rule stating that you need a blue card if you are volunteering..
to my knowledge. .. they are the rules.
Regarding your situation .. I do understand your wariness ... and your fear for your children ..
HOWEVER .. imo teacher and child ... teacher aide and child .. or parent helper and child should not ever be in a room alone together .. as a teacher I aim to not be alone with a child .. purely to cover myself should any questions arise as to why I'm with them. (does that make sense?) I'm a big fan of open rooms- doors open .. and staff being able to see each other and what they are doing at all times
I know that last year when my oldest son was in prep .. I would help out in the classroom - and other parents would too ... doing reading and sight words and other testing/ practice .. but they did those things IN the room with the teacher supervising.
I would think it rather inappropriate for a parent helper to take children away from the teacher supervision at any time ..
teachers and teacher aides all have police checks done - I know that teachers are checked annually .. I as a teacher wouldn't ask any child to work with a parent helper in a setting where I couldn't see them.
I dont think it would hurt for you to have a chat to your child's teacher regarding your own concerns ... follow your gut and do what you think is right to do
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08-08-2012 22:02 #11
Last edited by Veve; 08-08-2012 at 22:05.
08-08-2012 22:11 #12
I agree with the pp who said schools are a community, and helpers are essential. Personally I would be quite stunned if as a parent I had a police check done on me.
I guess though I'm extremely lucky that I haven't faced the trust issues that you have, and it must be so hard to trust in those circumstances.
Last edited by Sonja; 08-08-2012 at 22:21.
08-08-2012 22:24 #13
I too have huge issues with this even though DD is only 2.5.
I was sexually assaulted at 12 by a man who I later found out had been in jail for a very viscous rape and guess what...
He volunteered at the school tuckshop every week. So I think police checks should be done on anyone doing anything in the school
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